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12/10/2021

DIYP reviews the IWATA master tube lights series

Tubelights are changing into ever extra fashionable. The final participant to sign up for the recreation is IWATA (whom we take into account for his or her excellent mini panel). Actually, the mini panel used to be so excellent and ubiquitous that “IWATA panel” changed into a generic identify for the ones mini bi-color lights. It turns out that that panel used to be retired, however we have been delighted to be told that IWATA is now making tube-style lights. They despatched us two in their new gentle panels, the 32 cm Master-R light and the 23 cm Master-S light. TL;DR – we have been inspired.

The Master Series

The IWATA master series is what you’d be expecting from a good tube gentle. They are small and compact, with an interior battery, an app, and a complete RGBWW gentle vary. It isn’t as feature-full as the lately introduced Pavo tube II and even the Godox TL-60, however it’s located upper than the micro Ulanzi light wand. So, proper there in the center of the vary. If you wish to have one thing to check it to, recall to mind a extra designed model of the YONGNUO YN360.

Both the lights that we were given are lovely an identical, and excluding a couple of minor options, the handiest distinction is the period. Both characteristic a large temperature vary of 2000K-10,000K, a very easy to regulate HSI mode, and what has turn out to be the pedestal of LED panels, and results mode with 21 configurable results. HSI stands for Hue-Saturation-Intensity and is readily changing into the same old for controlling RGB LEDs.

In phrases of energy, the gentle fees from a USB-C port, and we examined the batteries for roughly two hours in complete energy. Or you’ll be able to use the with ease positioned USB-C port to run it off the wall, and it’ll run endlessly.

What’s in the field

All and all, it appears like IWATA is on the beneficiant aspect of items.

The shorter Master-S gentle comes with a cushy bag, heavy-duty USB cable, some magnets, 1/4-20 string hooks, velcro, and silicon bumpers. All and all, the package deal supplies a strategy to nearly any mounting answer you’d want.

The Master R comes with a semi-hard case and a heavy-duty USB cable. It can be nice if the Master-R would have had the similar quantity of equipment, however even simply with the tough case, it appears like a very good package deal.

Build Quality

Both lights boast an aluminum tube with some ridges for warmth dispersion. There is thick diffusion plastic on the entrance aspect that protects the LEDs. Here too, the plastic feels very high-end and thick. And that is one thing that we see throughout the vary they despatched us. There is a large number of consideration to element.

On the R series, the ends are metal, so there is not any possibility that they are going to spoil on touch with, say, a lighting fixtures assistant on set. It additionally feels protected to make use of the threads on the ends. The S series makes use of steel inserts for threads and feels relatively much less protected, besides, it is much better than a few of the different tubes we’ve observed right here at DIYP.

Light Quality

All and all, we gentle the gentle, despite the fact that it kind of feels that the two lights have considerably other use-cases in thoughts, so let’s spoil this up. But first, take a look at the great unfold that each lights give out.

Master-S – the S is the smaller of the two lights, and it has a semi-opaque diffusion sheet that provides out very cushy and enjoyable gentle. I will see the gentle getting used on set as a small fill gentle or perhaps a key gentle in a pinch. We examined the gentle for CRI with our Sekonic C-700 and hit the marketed 95 CRI. This is a brilliant end result, and 99.99% of the photographers might be happy with it.

On the Master R, we were given the similar nice CRI effects. But the gentle development is other. The diffusion subject material on the R is translucent, and you’ll be able to see the particular person LEDs. This would possibly not topic to a couple, but when you wish to have complete diffusion and are the usage of the gentle from a detailed distance, you wish to have to concentrate on it.

The R additionally has a pleasant characteristic that permits you to regulate the dimension of the slit the place the gentle is popping out. There are two integrated flags inside of the tube that you’ll be able to use to make the gentle slit between 3cm and 1 cm.

This distinction in the diffusion and the integrated flags make me suppose that the R can be a very good selection for gentle portray photographers.

Control and App

Generally, you regulate the LEDs with a suite of 4 buttons and a small OLED. It is similar to nearly any fashionable gentle we have now observed. There is a menu button, a serve as button, up and down buttons, and an on/off transfer. Some purposes, like results, or switching between CCT and RGB, require an extended press. There is not anything particular about this menu, and it’s a excellent factor. It feels very intuitive.

The OLED displays all the information you’d want, the colour temp, brightness, hue, and saturation, and the operating impact and its settings.

But there’s a twist (no pun meant). You can twist the backside of the R gentle as a substitute of the usage of the up and down keys. If you’re a gentle painter, you’ll respect the speedy interface you get right here. Unfortunately, there is not any technique to cancel this option, so you wish to have to be careful to not rotate the ones dials by accident.

On the app entrance, we have been much less inspired. We may no longer in finding the app month e app retailer and needed to search for the APK through a QR code on the packaging. This by myself would generally deter me from the usage of an app, however I used to be curious. We didn’t have a large number of good fortune with the app. It does permit for some elementary purposes like surroundings the gentle parameters, grouping, and scene regulate, nevertheless it used to be so glitchy and lept disconnecting that we determined to let it cross. I do hope that IWATA comes up with a extra strong model.

Mounting choices

One factor that the master series excels at is mounting choices. Those are ample and helpful, despite the fact that other between the two lights.

Both lights characteristic two 1/4-20 threads on all sides, so they are able to simply be hooked up to tripods, gentle stands, magic palms, and so forth. The R unit additionally jas a integrated Arca mount so you’ll be able to position it at once on most sensible of a few tripods. The S unit is magnetic and will also be hooked up to street indicators or different metal surfaces. I want that it used to be magnetic on both sides. With the present implementation, you’ll be able to handiest connect the gentle from the again and no longer use the octagonal cap to rotate the gentle. It additionally comes with 3 tiny magnets that you’ll be able to use to “conceal” the gentle at the back of a curtain or different skinny cloth.

Conclusion

All and all, we’re lovely inspired with the lights, and for roughly $120 for the Master  R type or $90 for the Master S type, they’re smartly price the funding. Once IWATA will get its app in combination, I foresee a really perfect long term for the ones lights.

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